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Buchanan on Freedom

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  • Geoffrey Brennan

    (Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, Australia - Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, USA - University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, USA)

  • Michael Brooks

    (School of Economics and Finance, University of Tasmania, Australia)

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Our object is to explicate Buchanan's conception of individual liberty and to trace its connection to the 'working themes' in his corpus-anarchy, contract, constitution, Pareto optimality, 'public choice' and so on. In doing so, we investigate a number of tensions in Buchanan's conception-between a libertarian affinity with anarchy and constitutional contractarianism; and that between procedural liberalism and classical liberalism.

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Paper provided by Condorcet Center for political Economy in its series Economics Working Paper from Condorcet Center for political Economy at CREM-CNRS with number 2012-10-ccr.

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Keywords: Freedom; Liberty; Anarchy; Constitutional Contractarianism;

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